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Woman pleads guilty to role in gruesome ‘exorcism’ murder of two toddlers and will spend sentence in mental hospital as judge finds her not ‘criminally responsible’

Plea: Under a plea agreement, Monifa Sanford, 22,  will serve no time in prison for her role in the January 2014 'exorcism' murders of one-year-old Norell Harris and his sister Zyana, 2, but has been committed to a mental institution

Plea: Under a plea agreement, Monifa Sanford, 22, will serve no time in prison for her role in the January 2014 ‘exorcism’ murders of one-year-old Norell Harris and his sister Zyana, 2, but has been committed to a mental institution

Daily Mail reports: 

One of the two Maryland women charged with murdering two toddlers in a gruesome ‘exorcism’ last year pleaded guilty, but will not serve any prison time.

Under a plea agreement, Monifa Sanford, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and attempted first degree murder, but was not found criminally responsible, ABC 7 reports. 

Instead of prison time, Sanford will be committed to a psychiatric hospital for her role in the January 2014 murder of one-year-old Norell Harris and his two-year-old sister Zyana.  

Sanford and the children’s mother, Zakieya Avery, 29, stabbed the toddlers with a serrated knife and choked the two young children in an attempted ‘exorcism’ because they believed the children were demon possessed.

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